Film: “Hindi Medium”
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Jaspal Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal, Swati Das, Dishita Sehgal, Amrita Singh, Tillotama Shome, Sanjay Suri and Neha Dhupia;
MF Monitor Rating: ****
At a time when half of India, especially the South, has accepted English as the sole medium of instruction in lieu of mother tongue, the movie ‘Hindi medium’ tries to relate the dichotomy of mother tongue’s superiority.
The rush for an English medium school admission dominates all corners of the country as a middle class option lest they may slip in social ladder to a lower category. Cashing in on the popular sentiment, English has been dominant as a medium of instruction and failing in Hindi is but a fashion for many hippocrats. This is precisely what the film “Hindi Medium” tries to bring into focus.
But isn’t this film apt for the 1970s and 1980s when India made the flip-flop between English and the Indian languages? Better late than never might have ruled the mindset of the producers of the film.
Now, not mere education but the English medium education is a sureshot for success, except for government jobs, which are not lucrative as one cannot mint money unless become corrupt. The catch is it might endanger the career and family life altogether, if one gets caught. The best alternative is the English-dominated private sector, preferably, tech-savy software engineer jobs.
So, ordeal of getting admission for a couple’s daughter in an English medium school surrounds pitfalls, flip-flops and finally the realisation in the film. The couple, Raj (Irrfan Khan), a tailor and his love Mitu (Saba Qamar), decide to get Mita’s only daughter Pia admitted to an “elite” Delhi Grammar School run by Amrita Singh.
The film is not boring though moralistic in essence and the script by Zeenat Lakhani matched Saket Chaudhary’s prowess at making a film on a lighter lighter them to cater the audience who are just waking up to reality from the fantasy of Baahubali 2.
Laxman Utekar’s effective cinematography and Sachin-Jigar’s music go well with Sreekar Prasad’s fine-tuned crisp editing. The film “Hindi Medium” leaves behind those who have studied in the medium of their mother tongue to remember those days of quick comprehension and competitive spirit unfound in modern day’s English medium schools.